PM: Health system at breaking point, renewed MCO in six states

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Malaysia’s health system has reached a breaking point with the country registering up to 2,000 new Covid-19 cases almost every day.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said bed occupancy rate excluding Intensive Care Units at 15 Covid-19 hospitals nationwide has surpassed 70 percent.

“The bed occupancy rate at Intensive Care Units (ICU) to treat Covid-19 patients has reached 100 percent for the Kuala Lumpur Hospital as well as Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM).

“The bed occupancy rate at the ICU for Covid-19 treatment at the Sungai Buloh Hospital has reached 83 percent.

“Meanwhile, the bed occupancy rate at the ICU for Covid-19 treatment at hospitals in Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Terengganu and Sarawak have surpassed 70 percent,” said Muhyiddin in a special address today.

The situation, he said, worsened after 1,450 health and medical staff at hospitals nationwide have contracted the virus or they were observing quarantine and could not perform their duties.

“The country’s Covid-19 death toll continues to rise to 521 cases.

“Malaysia recorded more than 100 Covid-19 fatalities a month between October and December last year, which is a significant increase, compared to between two and 59 deaths a month between March and September the same year.

“The spike in new cases daily caused a delay for health workers to pick up patients from their respective houses to the hospitals and the Covid-19 Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centres,” he said.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin announced fresh movement control order (MCO) in six states and conditional movement control order (CMCO) in six more states from Jan 13.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin announced that movement control order (MCO) will be reintroduced in six states while six more states will remain under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) from January 13.

He said both the renewed MCO and CMCO will run until at least until January 26.

All Federal Territories, Penang, Johor, Melaka, Selangor and Sabah will be under the MCO, while Kedah, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu will be placed under the CMCO.

Perlis and Sarawak will be placed under the recovery movement control order (RMCO).


  • All restaurants and hawker stalls only to operate for takeaway, with no dine-in allowed
  • Food delivery services, supermarkets, health services, including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, and banks, allowed to operate but subject to strict SOP compliance
  • No interstate and inter-district travel
  • Residents restricted to 10km radius of their homes
  • Only two household members allowed to go out for groceries
  • Only two people allowed per vehicle
  • No social gatherings such as weddings
  • Only five essential economic sectors allowed to operate: manufacturing, construction, service, trade and distribution, plantations and commodities
  • Only 30 percent workers allowed to go in to the office